Periodic report

This report forms part of a series of biweekly reports that track and summarise the key current narratives within South Africa’s online democracy conversation. This report’s date range is between 11 July and 31 July 2022. The main themes identified over the period include sustained negative sentiment towards President Cyril Ramaphosa as evidenced by #cyrilmustresign alongside #phalaphalafarmgate. The most popular theme for the period revolved around the ANC’s KZN provincial conference and the emergence and subsequent dominance of the Taliban faction during the associated elections. Similar to the RET faction, the Taliban are pro-Zuma and a front for Zandile Gumede, former executive major of the Ethekweni Metropolitan Municipality, who is currently being investigated for corruption charges.

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